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Published: 2020-10-30

New eremoneuran flies (Diptera: Eremoneura) from Cretaceous Charentese amber

Univ Rennes, CNRS, Géosciences Rennes, UMR 6118, F-35000 Rennes, France
Senckenberg Research Institute, Department of Palaeontology and Historical Geology, 60325 Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany
Univ Rennes, CNRS, Géosciences Rennes, UMR 6118, F-35000 Rennes, France
Diptera Eremoneura Brachycera Chimeromyiidae Chimeromyia Albian–Cenomanian French amber


A new genus and two new species of Eremoneura are described from mid-Cretaceous amber of the Charentes region, in south-western France. Chimeromyia vulloi sp. nov., from early Cenomanian amber of Fouras, is the first record of Chimeromyiidae from France. It extends the geographical distribution of this family, which was hitherto known only from Cretaceous ambers of Lebanon, Spain, and Myanmar. A key to all known species of Chimeromyia is provided. Additionally, a specimen from latest Albian–earliest Cenomanian amber from Archingeay, which was studied using synchrotron imaging, is described as Francomyina incomparabilis gen. et sp. nov., and is left unassigned to family within Eremoneura. The affinities of both new species are discussed.


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